It appears as if Arizona is creating a home for wayward Florida defensive backs with their latest commitment. For the third time in two months the Wildcats have added a Sunshine State prep defensive back who was looking for a new home.
Former TCU defensive back Jamie Bird has committed to Arizona according to sources close to the recruitment and reported by the Arizona Daily Star. Byrd will attend Iowa Western this fall and transfer to Arizona following one season at the school. By attending Iowa Western this year he will be able to play instead of sitting out via normal transfer rules.
"Proud to be a part of the program," Byrd tweeted.
Byrd redshirted his first year at TCU and played in 12 games a year ago but registered just a single tackle. He originally committed to Boise State out of high school but changed his pledge after visiting TCU.
“New position coach came in last year,” Byrd told the Tampa Bay Times back in January. “and me and him didn’t see eye to eye, and the defensive scheme did not fit me well.”
The 5-11, 190 pounder attended Pasco HS in Dade City, FL and was a three-star athlete in the 2011 class with an 80 rating by 247Sports. As a JUCO prospect he is still considered a three-star prospect, but his rating has climbed to 88. He is 247Sports' No. 2 safety in the class.
Earlier in the summer Arizona added two Florida area defensive backs to this year's roster. Jarvis McCall signed with South Florida out of high school but was ineligible and sat out last season. Miami's Tellas Jones played at Ft. Scott CC for one season but as a full qualifier he could transfer right away.
Byrd commits 24 hours after the No. 2 JC OLB Antonio Smothers verbally committed.